DIY Room Decor: Lace Doily Bowls

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I'm an accessory junkie, it's true. I like to make, buy and hunt for new accessories and it's very hard for me to part with old ones. This simple DIY project is a great way to organize some of your trinkets, and also a great use for all those old doilies floating around in the universe. Whether they're from your local thrift shop or passed down from your family, this project is a great way to give doilies a new fresh life.

WHAT YOU NEED

Materials
- Doily
- White glue or fabric hardener
- Water
- Food coloring or fabric dye (optional)
- Table salt
- Plastic wrap

Tools
- Bowl(s) for food coloring and glue mixture
- Glass or plastic bowls in different sizes and shapes (for shaping the doilies)

Instructions

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If you want to keep things simple and keep your doilies white, skip this next step.

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If you want to add a bit of color, use a disposable plastic container or food color-safe bowl and mix up your favorite color with about 1 cup of water. Add approximately 1 tbsp of table salt and dissolve in water. This will help the fabric pick up the food color.

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Pinch your doily in the middle and dip the ends into the color. Add more food color or dip as many times as you need to get the desired result.

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Lay it out to completely dry, most likely for a full day. If you don't dye it then you can move on to the next step.

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Take your dry doily and soak it in a 50/50 mixture of white glue & water (or fabric hardener as per instructions).

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Soak the doily until it's completely drenched in the mixture.

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Cover one of your inverted bowls with a layer of plastic wrap. Using the bowl as the mold, place the wet and glue-y doily over the dome. Try to get the doily as flat as possible. You want it to hug the bowl closely.

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Leave for about 24 hours. Once it's completely dry, gently remove the hardened doily from the plastic wrapped bowl.

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Make a bunch and fill with all your collections!

See all of this month's do-it-yourself projects over at
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(Image credits: Melissa DiRenzo)

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